A Primer On Immigration and the Wall

Here are some facts about immigration. I invite you to check them yourself.

Fact:
In 1934 the Supreme Court ruled that to declare a national emergency a situation must be urgent, infrequent, and unexpected.
Illegal immigration is not infrequent, nor is it unexpected. If it was not urgent 10 years ago when it occurred more often, it is not urgent now.

Fact:
Apprehensions of people trying to cross the southern border peaked most recently at 1.6 million in 2000 and have been in decline since.

Fact:
There were no federal laws governing who could enter the U.S. and who couldn’t until the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

Fact:
1965 was the first time the U.S. put an official cap on Mexican immigration.

Fact:
According to Zambada Garcia of the Sinaloa cartel, a tunnel is the most secure way to cross drugs to the US — the easiest way to cross over weapons.

Fact:
While 90 percent of the heroin sold in the United States comes from Mexico, virtually all of it comes through legal points of entry.

Fact:
Only about 5 percent of wage stagnation is due to illegal immigration.

Fact:
Ronald Reagan, while running for president, had the following words to say about border security.
“Rather than talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems, make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit,” he said. “And then while they’re working and earning here, they pay taxes here. And when they want to go back they can go back.”
Years later, Donald Trump lied about Reagan by tweeting the following:
“Even President Ronald Reagan tried for 8 years to build a Border Wall, or Fence, and was unable to do so.”

Fact:
The majority of immigrants in the USA without authorization first entered the country legally, and then overstayed their visas.

Fact:
Immigrants in the recent migrant caravan came to the US border to apply for asylum, which was a completely transparent and lawful process, until the rules were changed by the POTUS by the time the caravan arrived.

37895750832_19753c5865_bFact:
Unauthorized immigration to the U.S. has consistently dropped since the year 2000.
From 2000 to 2019, there has not been a singular border/barrier wall across the southern border.

Fact:
According to data from the Wilson Center, “The crime rates in U.S. border counties are lower than the average for similarly sized inland counties, with two exceptions out of 23 total.”

Fact:
Sen. Charles E. Schumer supported the building of a fence at the southern border. He never changed his mind on that. The bill he supported passed.

Fact:
In most cases tracked by CBP, children apprehended at the border are being brought in by their parents, not drug cartels.

Fact:
Republican Rep. Will Hurd, from the border state of Texas, said in 2017,
“I’ve made it clear time and time again that building a physical wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border.”

Fact:
Trade deals do not pay for anything. Countries do not “lose” money on trade deficits, so there is no money to earn; the size of a trade deficit or surplus can be determined by other factors besides trade. Congress must still appropriate the money, and the trade agreement between the US and Mexico has not been ratified.

Fact:
The U.S. government once spent $8.2 billion preparing for Y2K.

Fact:
A sea-to-sea border wall would force the US government to take land from private citizens in eminent domain battles.

Fact:
According to Bruce Ackerman, professor of law at Yale, the president cannot declare an ‘emergency’ to build his wall. If he did, and used soldiers to build it, they would all be committing a federal crime.

Fact:
The United States border does not represent any natural topography. It was originally drawn by way of theft and ethnic cleansing.

Fact:
Incentivizing legal entry to a country and making the transition faster boosts the economy and often decreases the violent crime rate.

Fact:
Deuteronomy 23.16 specifically forbids sending a refugee who has escaped from a life of oppression back to their homeland. It says: “They can stay with you: in your own community or in any place they select from one of your cities, whatever seems good to them. Don’t oppress them.”

Further reading:

The Conservative Case Against a Border Fence

from Forbes, There is No Crisis At The Border

from The National Review, “Trump’s Border Wall Plan Is Ridiculous on Its Face

from The Migration Policy Institute, “Do Barriers Deter Unauthorized Migration?

“If walls did not work in the past and today only work to divert, not prevent, migrant flows—while simultaneously having a grave human cost—why have so many gone up in the past 30 years? They are effective as symbols that demonstrate that politicians are doing something to address the perceived threats brought by unauthorized movement.”

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